IT seems Alaska was on such a high that it forgot to stay grounded.
Calvin Abueva admitted the Aces’ three-game winning streak left them complacent as they crashed back to earth with a 109-100 defeat at the hands of TNT KaTropa in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night.
Finding no answer to Troy Rosario and Larry Fonacier, The Aces trailed for almost the entire game and came no closer than nine points in the final frame as they saw their three-game streak come to an end to fall to an even 3-3 win-loss record.
“Siguro naging overconfident din kami,” Abueva said. “Pero hindi dahil sa nag-overconfident kami di kami lalaban, hanggang dulo talagang ipinakita naman namin na aggressive kami.”
'The Beast' typified the aggression as he registered 18 points, 12 boards four assists, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Abueva, however, scored a measly point in the payoff period where the defense-oriented Aces allowed the Texters to score 32 points, negating a third-quarter rally that saw them outscore TNT, 32-23.
“Siguro doon (sa fourth) naging effective sa kanila yung outside shooting nila pumaasok like yung kay Larry at yung kay Troy,” Abueva said. “Dun lumakas ang kumpiyansa nila sa mga tira nila.”
“Malaking lesson sa amin ito,” he added as the Aces use the Christmas break to rest and reassess their performance.
“Siguro sa akin, kailangan maging aggressive pa kami and ma-sustain namin hanggang sa huling segundo,” Abueva said. “Next year na namin pag-iisipan ang next na kalaban namin, mag-focus muna kami ngayong Christmas.”